Top Pick: Capresso Team Pro Plus | $250 | Amazon
I don’t know about you, but I can’t start my day without coffee. And with the pandemic still raging on, I’m trying to limit the time spent outside of my apartment as much as possible. If you’re a germaphobe like me, then you’ve probably also had to sacrifice trips to your local coffee shop for the foreseeable future. However, just because you’re observing social distancing guidelines, it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice the taste and experience of a good cup of coffee (or maybe three).
With that in mind, we at The Inventory have researched and sampled some of the best-rated coffee machines out there. This way, you are that much closer to the perfect cup of home-brewed coffee.
Before purchasing a specific coffee maker, there are a few factors to consider first. Are you shopping for a household of big coffee drinkers? Or do you live alone and only drink one cup per day? Do you prefer hot coffee, or are you hooked on cold brew blends of iced coffee? Can you splurge a few hundred dollars on a high-tech machine, or are you just looking for the best coffee maker under $50? These are all important questions to ask yourself while you’re in the preliminary shopping stage. And depending on your answers, we’ve got you covered.
Best With a Built-In Grinder: Capresso Team Pro Plus
If you like freshly ground beans and a luxury experience, the Capresso Team Pro Plus is the coffee maker for you. Once you fill and program it, the machine grinds the beans right into the filter, then automatically brews fresh coffee. You can make up to ten cups with each brew, which should be plenty to get you through even the longest day. I love that it has an easy-to-clean, permanent filter, so you don’t have to bother with buying paper ones.
The Capresso’s grinder has three different settings for different types of beans, and it cleans itself after every cycle. That said, if you want to feed the machine pre-ground beans, those will do just fine.
Best Automatic Espresso Maker: Jura ENA 8
My wife looked at me using the Jura Ena Automatic Coffee Machine and said, “You really love that thing, don’t you?” I certainly didn’t think I would love this automatic Jura espresso machine, given its price, but I was surprised how quickly I fell in love with it. This automatic espresso maker, which received a five-star rating from BBC’s Good Food, packs a punch for its size. It offers ten different beverage options, including coffee, espresso, latte, macchiato, and even a flat white. The machine has a built-in coffee grinder and automatic milk frother. It even virtually cleans itself every time you turn it off!
Jura is not an inexpensive brand by any stretch, with machines going up into over $6,000, but this espresso maker does a whole heck of a lot for $1,850. I’m positively smitten with it myself, having enjoyed multiple espresso drinks on a daily basis since I set it up.
Best Cold Brew Maker: OXO Cold Brew Coffee Maker
If you prefer your coffee cold, you’re in luck. OXO’s simple three-part cold brew coffee maker is designed to brew a cold concentrate for delicious cold (or hot) coffee. The coffee is less acidic and lasts longer than coffee brewed and chilled. Simply steep the coarse coffee grounds in cold water for 12 - 24 hours, and you’ll get yourself a cool, tasty brew every time. I’m not the only one that loves this simple maker. It’s well-reviewed on Amazon, and over 2,100 0f our readers bought it too! 4.5 / 5 stars overall, and over 1400 reviews. At $50, you would pay for it by skipping 10 days at Starbucks.
Best Budget Coffee Maker: Hamilton Beach Smart Coffee Maker
If you are a no-frills drip coffee drinker, this $90 Hamilton Beach coffee maker is the budget-friendly option for you. While it certainly makes good coffee, I also appreciate that it is easily programmable. In a few minutes, you can automate it to have your coffee brewing well before your third snoozed alarm goes off. It is also compatible with Alexa and has a 12-cup capacity, perfect for stocking up on your favorite cup of joe. The whole thing syncs with Alexa, too, so you won’t have to fiddle around with too many buttons if that’s not your thing.
No matter what type of coffee you prefer, there is a perfect coffee maker here for you. Take the chill away or awaken your senses with a bold cup of joe, made just right.
This story was originally published by Chaya M. Milchtein on 12/08/2020 and was updated by Juliana Clark on 12/30/2020.